Fall Testimony Series 2023 Day 11 – Ruth P McDonald’s Testimony
I was given the privilege of being raised in a home where we regularly attended church, read the Bible each day as a family, and prayed together. Some of my first memories are of my parents making Christ a priority in our home. That foundation is a blessing, and one I was able to give my own children as well.
I understood at a young age that Christ would return for those saved through the blood of His Son, and I feared that return, called the Rapture. I feared it because I knew I was lost and outside of the protection and security found in Jesus Christ. I knew my parents would be taken to heaven, as well as some of my siblings, and that thought kept me up at night from time to time.
I remember listening for any noise coming from my parents downstairs, long after I had gone to bed, to make sure they were still there. I also remember a few times when everyone around me seemed to be missing, and I thought I had missed the Lord’s coming and was left behind. This concern was the needed soil for what happened when a series of gospel services began in the winter of 1981. I was 11 years old, and remember feeling very convicted each night as I left the service to head home.
One particular night I was really troubled about my soul, but I remember thinking I would take care of figuring this out the next evening when I heard the preachers again. However, the next evening was a snow day, and the service was canceled. My plan crumbled. And so I remember taking my Bible into the bathroom; I shared a room with my sister, and I needed a quiet place to be alone. I read through many verses, and finally I rested on Acts 16:31: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.”
Was it really that easy? Moments prior, I had wrestled with the word “believe.” But suddenly the truth dawned on me: it wasn’t about my believing; it was about accepting the finished work of Jesus on the cross. That work provided my salvation—I only needed to accept it! If I did, the promise was there: “You will be saved!”
I was a shy 11-year-old, and I remember writing out my testimony on a piece of notebook paper, then bringing it down for my parents to read. They were so happy to hear my news, and my dad came up to my room and prayed with me, thanking God for saving me.
I often think about how easy salvation is, and how many people struggle to understand it. As humans, we think we must do something, and yet, Jesus paid it all. He accomplished everything we needed to be cleansed from our sin and be made right with God. If you’re struggling to understand it all today, may the same truth from Acts 16:31 shine into your own heart.
“And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.’” (Acts 16:31a, ESV)